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St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra’s New Season

The St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra opens its 2012-2013 season in a concert Friday night in Powell Hall,  but the young musicians and their leaders have been hard at work for months. 

During the summer, Jessica Ingraham was named as the Youth Orchestra Manager. 

Major changes also were instituted to enhance the experience of the musicians.  In addition to the usual rehearsals, the musicians now also attend weekly 90-minute “Beyond Rehearsal” sessions which include sectional coaching by St. Louis Symphony members as well sessions on the business of music such as marketing/public relations, online presence and getting into college and graduate school.  The additional sessions emphasize the concept of the “whole musician.” 

The other major change this season is tickets to the concerts are free.

Jessica Ingraham and Co-Assistant Concertmaster Hava Polinksy were host Steve Potter’s guests.  They discussed the audition process, the value of the additional sessions, the concerto competition and the program of the opening concert which is directed by guest conductor Steven Jarvi.

Related Event

Stephen Jarvi Conducts the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra
Friday, November 16, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd.

Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.
Alex is the executive producer of "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.

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